Towards the World Culture Society: Florian Znaniecki's Culturalism

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Social Science - 258 pages
If the new cultural sociology is to gain firm grounds, it should rediscover the classic studies on cultural dynamics and cultural systems. This book contributes to a better understanding of Florian Znaniecki as an eminent culturologist and the lasting relevance of his theory of cultural becoming. Znaniecki opted for a humanistic approach that he called culturalism. Culturalism, founded on the principle of the humanistic coefficient, is applied also to the cultural person. The concept of social values makes this cultural approach an original one. The cultural logic and cultural ethos of Znaniecki_s thought is inherent in the very principle of a creative evolution of culture, augmenting his vision of a new civilization of the future and a world culture society.
 

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Contents

Preface
13
Florian Znanieckis Impact in a New Light
27
The Humanistic Approach of Florian Znaniecki
49
Semiotic Interpretation of the Humanistic Coefficient
65
An Unrecognized Forerunner of Symbolic Interactionism
83
Definition of the Situation and the Interpretative Paradigm of Sociology
99
Action as a Dynamic System of Experiences and Values
107
Cultural Approach
123
The Civilization Process in Florian Znanieckis Views
161
Crisis Conflicts and the Possibility of a Creative Development of a
171
Dialogical Versus Hegemonic Models of Interaction Between National Culture
181
Social Systems and Cultural Change
189
Cultural Sources of Subjectivity
209
Possibilities and Responsibilities for the World
221
REFERENCES
237
INDEX
253

Sentiments and Symbolic Interactions
137

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About the author (2010)

The Author: El_bieta Ha_as is Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Warsaw (Poland). Her recent publications include Symbols and Society, Warsaw 2007 (in Polish). Her research interests are in cultural sociology, social symbolism and collective memory, interpretive social theory and history of sociology.

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